Daniel K. Cortese

Birthday: January 9

Resides: Chicago, IL

Degrees: Ph.D., Sociology, University of Texas at Austin  

                M.A., Sociology, University of Texas at Austin

                B.A., Cum Laude, Sociology, Stony Brook University

Title: Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Anthropology and Sociology, Governors State University

         Vice President, Faculty Senate 2011 - 2015

Email: dcortese@govst.edu

Telephone: 708.235.2804

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daniel.cortese

Interesting Facts About Me

I love to travel, and have visited over twenty countries in four continents and thirty-five states.  One of my most recent trips was to Alaska (2013 and 2014); the image that you see on this website is a photo taken of me when I was atop of Flattop Mountain in Anchorage in 2013, and viewing a glacial trough (also called a glacial valley).  Related to this, I enjoy the art of photography. I play with the lighting and set the scene to minimize environmental interference.  I love photos that capture the real-life everyday scenes in unique ways.

When I was a teenager, I was a trained Skywarn Spotter for the National Weather Service, and I had my own weather station that was an official observation site for Fox 5 News in New York City.  I originally went to college to study meteorology so that I could become a television weatherman. I soon fell in love with sociology because it answered the questions that I had been asking myself throughout my adolescence, and so I pursued my degrees in that field.

For my personal growth, I do CrossFit workouts and generally eat a paleolithic diet that limits grains and legumes to specific times.  I also practice yoga, specifically the Asteya (non-stealing) Yoga where one practices the virtue of not taking from oneself or others, either by comparing yourself to someone else and judging yourself or another accordingly (e.g., “Look at what he can do!  I wish that I can do that...  I suck!” or, “Can you believe what she’s wearing?  I wouldn’t be caught dead in that outfit.”).

The benefits of the Asteya virtue to my personal and professional life are obvious; The goal is to not steal from or manipulate others for one’s own gain.  When you compare yourself to someone else, either you steal from yourself by claiming you’re inadequate, you steal from others’ accomplishments by diminishing them compared to your own, or you steal from another’s joys in life by humiliating them for their choices based upon your own set of beliefs.  In all cases, the theft limits one’s own potential ability to develop into a mindful whole human and leads to a lack of compassion for yourself and for other beings.  Personally, I cannot tap into my own physical development if I compare my abilities to others.  Professionally, I cannot expand my knowledge and share it with others if I believe that I am not smart enough, or that others who don’t think as I do are “dumb.”